Ireland’s women ended their South African tour on a drenched note as a deluge at half-time saw their final game of the Investec Tri-Nations series abandoned at half-time with the score locked at 1-1.
Paul Revington has been forced into a series of changes to his Irish men’s setup for their second Spanish training camp which sets out for Valencia this Saturday.
Ireland were denied their first win of the Investec Tri-Nations series as Nicolene Terblanche’s goal five minutes from time cancelled out Michelle Harvey’s early opening goal in their game against South Africa
Ireland’s women fell to their third successive 1-0 loss as Sofie Gierts pounced to give Belgium their second consecutive win over Ireland in Randburg.
World record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee nailed a penalty corner drag-flick past the outstanding Emma Gray in the seventh minute to clinch the opening Investec Tri-Nations Series match 1-0 at Randburg Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Stephanie de Groof’s 11th minute goal handed Belgium victory in the second build up game to the Investec Triangular series in Randburg, gaining an early morale boon over Ireland ahead of their vital showdown in Beerschot
Ireland’s men notched a second successive draw against Great Britain in Bisham Abbey but were this time grateful to notching a final hooter corner goal where, a day earlier, they missed out in the final throes
In Ireland’s fourth training match this week, Paul Gleghorne scored against the side his brother now represents as honours were shared with GB at Bisham Abbey in the first of two games in England.
Hard-hitting Cliodhna Sargent netted 43 seconds from time to hand Ireland their first ever victory over South Africa, winning their warm-up game at high altitude in Randburg.
Ireland completed the first Spanish leg of their training camp with another loss to the Netherlands though assistant coach Arul Anthoni suggested to The Hook it was a close tie against classy opposition
Ireland put in an improved showing against the Netherlands in the second of their training games in Alicante this afternoon but could not garner a result, falling 2-1
Ireland fell to a heavy defeat in their first training match in Alicante against the Netherlands, a side recently rocked by head coach Paul van Ass’ decision to drop icons Teun de Nooijer and Taeke Taekema.
Megan Frazer and Louisa Healy will make their returns to international action later this month following the duos inclusion in Gene Muller’s panel for their tour to South Africa.
Ireland’s men will face four of the world’s top eleven sides in an intense five-week period as preprations ramp up for March’s Olympic qualifiers while the women have Belgium and South Africa in their sights
A goal in each half saw World number 12 South Africa beat Ireland – ranked two places their junior – 2-0 in Quilmes in the first of eight games to be played by Ireland in Argentina over the next two weeks.
Ireland’s women begin their tour of Argentina this evening with a tie against South Africa as their back-to-back Four Nations’ tournaments start in Quilmes before heading on to Parana.
Opportunity knocks for two of UCD’s leading lights as Gene Muller has made five changes from his European Championships panel for the upcoming trip to Argentina in December.
Ireland’s women will get some much needed game time under their belt just prior to Christmas ad they travel to Argentina for a fortnight in December to play in a pair of Four Nations tournaments
Ireland’s O-45 women recorded a win and a loss from their two games this weekend in Cardiff, brilliantly reversing an earlier 4-1 defeat against Wales in June with victory on the same scoreline on Sunday
A breathtaking second half spell saw Argentina notch a second 4-1 win over Ireland in two days at Belfield, turning a half-time tie into a second half spree; it was Gene Muller’s final build-up game for the European championships